Hack for Heat

– New York, NY –

DECEMBER 5 • WeWork Chelsea

In collaboration with:


What is a Code Sprint?

It’s a day long digital workshop in which computer programmers, graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, community activists, artists and other interested members of the community come together to collaborate intensively on a specific project. The outcome produces visualizations, analytics and features based on this data.

Speakers & Judges

Minerva Tantoco

Minerva Tantoco

Chief Technology Officer, City of New York

Ms. Minerva Tantoco is  the first-ever Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York. With 30 years in technology, she started her first software company in 1985, and recently served as CTO of global financial services firm UBS and Merrill Lynch. Ms. Tantoco is a strong advocate for encouraging more women to become involved with technology, and believes that technology can be used to spread knowledge and improve education, especially in underserved communities, and that artificial intelligence applied to the massively growing amount of systems, data, and interconnections offers capabilities of which we have yet to dream.

Gale Brewer

Gale Brewer

Manhattan Borough President

Gale A. Brewer is the 27th Manhattan Borough President. Ms. Brewer previously served on the City Council for 12 years. As Councilmember, she successfully passed legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for most hourly employees, compelling landlords to fix repeat violations, requiring all City data to be published online, and the nation’s first law protecting domestic workers. She was the founding chair of the City Council’s Technology Committee in 2002.

Immediately prior to her election to the City Council, Brewer served as Project Manager for the NYC Nonprofits Project at CUNY’s Graduate Center, and before that worked for the Telesis Corporation, a private firm that builds affordable housing in New York City.


Ben Kallos

Ben Kallos

NYC Council Member

John Krauss

John Krauss

hacker, mapper, etc.

Avi Flombaum

Avi Flombaum

Dean at Flatiron School,
Founder NYC on Rails

Adam Meyers

Adam Meyers

Brooklyn Legal Services Corp.


We will provide data, speakers, wifi and food.
Participants need to bring their laptops.


Expand our Cold Map

Visualize New York City’s heating crisis by mapping heat complaints across the city and over time. Using JavaScript and Leaflet.js for map visualizations, help to expand on our existing ‘Cold Map’ visualization to show heat complaint trends and their effects on neighborhoods throughout New York City.

Landlord Lookup Tool

Help tenants quickly and easily access public information about their landlords and how to contact them. Using a variety of publicly accessible datasets accessible through APIs, we want Heat Seek to serve as a centralized ‘hub’ of information for users seeking building-level information about landlords, heating violations, and other key data. This module’s data should be accessible through all other projects in the code sprint so that information can be pulled in using languages such as JavaScript.

Tell the Story with Visualizations

Visualize the conditions that force tenants to vacate their apartments and contribute to the loss of rent stabilized apartments in NYC. Using JavaScript libraries such as D3.js, build slick, eye-catching visualizations to ‘tell the story’ of New York City’s affordable housing crisis, by looking at the socioeconomic indicators, building maintenance issues, and harassment conditions that lead to units becoming destabilized over time.

“Help! I Need Heat” App

Help NYC tenants who are currently without heat to find and access resources to stay safe and get their heat restored. Similar to sites such as ‘Am I Rent Stabilized,’ a workflow which allows users to access information about their building and the resources available to them in times of need. An interface built using JavaScript, D3.js/Leaflet.js and possibly others such as Python will be essential to show this information.

Open Challenge Using Sensor Data

We’re making our temperature data, pulled from Heat Seek sensors across the city, available for hackers to explore.



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Hack for Heat | Dec. 5th | WeWork Chelsea